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this morning on "early today," feeling the pinch. all eyes are on this morning's jobs numbers as the u.s. receives a dire warning about its credit rating. hit and run, an ohio teen is in hot water after he crashes into the a police cruiser and then takes off. and midnight madness. residents in the far northern hemisphere are treated to a residents in the far northern hemisphere are treated to a nighttime partial solar eclipse. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with fear over
the economy. a slew of recent reports have renewed concerns on both wall street and main street over the state of the u.s. recovery. today, the nation awaits what could be a crucial monthly jobs report from the government. all this as the country's stellar credit rating may be in jeopardy. tracie potts joins us from washington with more on all of this. good morning. >> reporter: hi there, lynn. good morning, everyone. economists are predicted 100,000 jobs created last month. it's let me tell less than half the growth we saw from the month before. it raises the question is this temporary or is this the beginning of weakening of this recovery? home sales are down. manufacturing is sluggish. consumer spend sg weak. car sales are down. president obama will be visiting a chrysler plant today in ohio and then summer is coming with thousands of pink slips for teachers. here in washington, critics,
mainly republicans, say the increases in food prices and energy prices are make it much worse for americans. but the white house says look at the big picture. we've had 14 months of growth, over 2 million jobs created, compared to 700,000 lost when president obama took office. but now that warning that you talked about, moody's, a credit rating agency says it may downgrade america's stellar credit rating if there is no deal on the debt by mid-july. what do to about the debt ceiling that we've already passed? as a result, tim geithner was on capitol hill lobbying lawmakers yesterday trying to get them to increase that debt limit. >> tracie potts, thank you. science insists in europe are probing a deadly outbreak of food poisoning caused by, quote, an entirely new super toxin. the illness is now being blamed
for at least 18 deaths and has sickened over 1600, mostly in germany. three americans who recently traveled in germany are also suspected to have fallen victim to the bacteria. this particular strain is thought to combine a highly poisonous but common toxin with a rarely seen glue that binds it to a patient's intestine. in yemen, tribesmen and loyalist troops fights have intensified. this week, the battle worsened after the collapse of a truce between the forces of a tribal leader and the country's president. tribesmen want the president out of power after three decades. the exact death toll from the clashes is not known, but it's believed security forces have killed well over 100 since february. back here at home, the latest contender for the gop ticket came out swinging and dodging blows from within his
own party. republican front-runner mitt romney made his race for the white house official in new hampshire yesterday. the former massachusetts governor didn't waste any time criticizing his opponent, blaming president obama for the nation's weak economy. meanwhile, noncandidate sarah palin caused a stir of her own in new hampshire, railing against the health plan romney approved while governor in massachusetts. now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. a chaotic chase began in west virginia, eventually coming to an end in ohio. after crashing into an officer, the suspect took off and was later stopped and arrested when police fired on his vehicle grazing his leg. new amateur video of the deadly tornado in massachusetts surfaced. a resident stayed in the area
captured the twist he as it ripped through homes and trees. hundreds were injured, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency. not all the news was bad in the wake of that massachusetts storm. residents banded together to clear a bright spot for one of their neighbors. clearing away the debris to pull a cat from the rubble. the cat, named merlin, was fine. timely, in florida, an invasion of super sized grasshoppers is reeking havoc on homeowners. the insects are normally around in the spring, but this year their bloated size and population has become a problem that residents can't rid themselves of. experts have no explanation for this, leaving residents with the hope that the insects will hop away soon. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here is nbc meteorologist bill
karins with the weather channel forecast. good morning, bill. >> do grasshoppers creep you out? >> i would say giant grasshoppers and hundreds of them surrounding me, yeah. >> very have good. lip, it's way too hot way too early. we're in the summer weather pattern and it looks like it's locked in right now. the whole southern half of the country continues to bake. there's no relief in sight. we did get some relief in the areas of the mid-atlantic and northeast in the last 24 hours. but from texas to florida, that's where the heat continues and that's where we're going to see near record if not record highs. it was 96 in dallas, 98 in new orleans. today will be just as warm. we didn't have a lot of severe weather out there. south carolina got hit by thunderstorms that rolled through. there's still thousands of people without power. overall, the tornado threat isn't that large in a weather pattern like this. when it's this on hot, usually you don't deal with a ton of
tornado-type storms. but today, 98 in dallas, texas. near record highs in louisiana, mississippi, with alabama. everyone will be close to record heat on this friday. that's a look at your national forecast. now here is a look at the weather outside your window. you're going to see the temperatures here, i mean, there's some gorgeous weather, so no one everyone is hot. the areas from michigan to ohio through the northern mid-atlantic through new england is actually going to be very beautiful. but areas to the south from tennessee to oklahoma very hot. and it looks like our mini early season heat wave is going to continue right into the weekend. >> bill, thanks so much. wall street waits on jobs, the latest ipo, and practically giving it away in return for the hype. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, the look and the long awaited look at the beginning days of the x-men invades the box office this weekend. coming up, a stunning finish to game two of the nba finals.
good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. here are some of your top headlines this morning. in arizona, authorities say a man apparently angry over a divorce case went on a shooting spree in the yuma area, killing five before taking his own life. police say the shootings were targeted. the only one victim has been identified, a lawyer who represented the gunman's ex-wife who was cleaning out his office in preparation for his retirement. after being criticized for using a state helicopter to fly to his son's baseball game and a political meeting, new jersey governor chris cristie is reimbursing taxpayers. cristie will pay for the trip to the game while the republican
state committee is picking up the tab for the political leg of the trip. the spokesperson says while the ride didn't cause taxpayers, the governor understands the sensitivity over the issue. sky watcher in parts of the northern hemisphere got treated to a rare solar eclipse. it began over asia and ended wednesday night. beautiful there. and from the sky to the sea, another rarity. look at that. a blue crush tashan was found by a lobster man in canada. the likelihood of a blue lobster being born is about 1 in 4 million. chew on that. >> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,248 after losing 41 points yesterday. the s&p slid one point, but the nasdaq gained four. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei dropped 62 points
while in hong kong, the hang seng plunged 304. as tracie potts pointed out at the top of our show, today there is one word on investors' minds. jobs. earlier this week, a dismal private payroll report sent shock waves across markets and sent economists scrambling to revise estimates ahead of today's big jobs reports. numbers out yesterday showed new claims for jobless benefits fell last week. lackluster retail sales from target and gap added to market's markets finishes yesterday. however, high end retailer s achs fell 1%. groupon took its first step toward becoming a publicly traded company, filing papers for $750 million initial public offering. the u.s. treasury is selling its stake in chrysler to italian automaker fiat for $500 million.
the u.s. expects to recover all about you about $1.3 billion of the $12.5 billion invested in the u.s. brand. meanwhile, a group of hackers appear to have it out for sony. sony pictures entertainment website was reportedly broken into. finally, how much was all the publicity amazon.com got over its recent one day 99 cent saels sale of "born this way" worth? the deal actually cost amazon a whooping $3 million. the bugs are back in cleveland, a run away golf cart in turkey. plus, dirk and the mavs say not so fast to the heat. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. in weather, it appears that our summer forecast is setting up hot and dry in many spots.
may have something to say about it. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. we saw it against the lakers. then again against the thunder. now the mavericks have pulled off another improbable comeback, this time against the heat. games two, nba finals. dwyane wade nailed a tough three-pointer. he had 36. miami up 15 and in total control, or so they thought. dallas played locked down defense and started chipping away at the lead. dirk nowitzki caught fired just at the right time. lay-up tied it at 90. fans in miami were stunned. the heat would tie it. nowitzki once again answered the call. one-on-one with chris bosh and he blew by him. dallas up two. miami a shot at the buzzer. wade couldn't get it to fall. after trailing by 15 with six minutes left, the mavs rallied and stunned the heat, 954693. baseball, a day after manager terry collins ripped his
team for not trying, mets responded in a big way. new york pulled off their biggest comeback in over a decade. carlos beltran got it started with a three-run homer in the third. mets scored four in the sixth. the all excited based loaded walk. the mets won it, 9-8. something really bugged me about the rangers/indians game. it was all about the bugs. rangers swatted the indians, 7-4. finally, classic scene to show you at the ladies turkish open. look what happened, see that guy in the golf cart? punch it. nearly hit three people and wham, right into a tree. fortunately, he was okay. give him the breathalyzer because there's no way he could do that sober. that's your early look at sports on "early today." have a great weekend. i'm fred roggin.
another huge pile of earnings is expected this weekend at the box office. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, let's admit it, we would fought last a minute against these kids. we're going to bring you the winning word in the national spelling bee. you're watching "early today."
weekend forecast. the bottom behalf of the country, it's going to be hot. gorgeous weather in the mid-atlantic and new england. throughout much of the upcoming weekend, you have a lucky one. thunderstorms are in the forecast on saturday for chicago. hot today, tomorrow, you get cooler. as we head into sunday, still very hot from denver to texas all through the southeast. if you're watching us on wsla tv news channel 8 tampa, florida, explore the spheres of mythology and ancient artwork that is worlds apart at the tampa museum of art. that's your "early today" event of the day. bill, thanks so much. now here's a look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. after last weekend's record breaking box office, the debut of yet another summer blockbuster this weekend is expected to keep theaters full. "x-men first class," the fourth installment in the highly successful franchise, it's a prequel and it's looking back on super heroes and a bad guy mutant and the early days before
the split. it's expected to take the top spot with about $50 million. last week's champ and mega earner "the hangover: part ii" is expected to post a strong weekend finishing second with around $40 million. the animated family friendly kung fu panda ii is expected to take third place with around $30 million. pirates of the caribbean is expected to take fourth with around $20 million. and showing just how strong this weekend's expectations are for the crowds at the theaters, the already comedy "bridesmaids" picked to finish fifth is nevertheless expected to take in as much as $15 million. this comes to us from oxen hill, maryland, where one teen showed memorizing the dictionary can lead to a spell binding experience, winning the national spelling bee. >> cymotrichous. c-y-m-o-t-r-i-c-h-o-u-s.
>> the word means having wavy hair. sukanya won $40,000 in cash and prizes, the fourth consecutive indian-american to win the spelling bee. i love it how right at the end she knew she had it and she started laughing and giggling. >> i hope you know you're sitting next to the fourth grade spelling bee champion. >> it is the fourth grade. sukanya has nothing on you. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
65 degrees downtown. starting out on a chilly side. >> thank you. 57 degrees on tv hill. here's a look ahead to 11 news today. >> a new plan to go after a violent repeat offenders in baltimore city. >> a woman risks her life to document a twister in massachusetts. >> we have a bad crash at dulaney valley road.
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